In Imagined Landscapes, four artists offer new paths into the traditional landscape through their personal explorations of the natural world.
Parmelee Tolkan, Stephen Horne, Eleanor Sweeney and Jon Prime interpret landscapes near and far, recognizable and exotic, in this wide-ranging collective exhibition. Altering colors, details and arrangements, the four celebrate the world around us and invite us to join them in their re-constructed worlds.
Eleanor Sweeney: I made all the photographs here during the last seven months, specifically for this show. They started as straight photographs, but I’ve altered them in various ways. Several of them are stretched or scaled in order to make them less realistic, and I always played with the colors, intensifying them or inverting the values.
Parmelee Tolkan: In the Adirondacks, nature is so present and vivid, it becomes a constant companion. As I walk outside every day I watch the sunrise reflected off mountains. When storm clouds roll in I marvel at the quick changing skies and the play of light and shadow. Once night has fallen I observe the shapes of darkness and the play of moonlight. What I paint comes from impressions and memories of “rude” nature and its glories.
Stephen Horne. After a forty-year career as an editorial cartoonist, illustrator and museum exhibit designer, Stephen Horne has returned to paints and canvas, with an eye to landscapes here at home, and far away on distant coastlines. Working in acrylic and oil, Horne has spent the last few years exploring these worlds, marveling at the forest floors on trails near his home in Paul Smiths, NY, then to be stunned on vacation by the roiling seascapes of Nova Scotia and beach dunes and sunsets of Florida.
“The dense Forest Preserve out my back door forces me to see a landscape of detail, within a few feet, full of the rich greens and browns of the Northern Boreal forest. So, when I travel to the coast—Cape Breton, Ocracoke, NC or Sanibel Island, FL in particular— I am amazed by a world of practically endless horizons, barren of trees, blasted by wind or lit by an entirely different sunlight. I ricochet between the two worlds in my paintings, and am happy for it.”
Jon Prime. A Lake Placid native, Jon Prime graduated from Northwood School and Middlebury College. Following two years at the Brooks Institute of Photographic Art & Science in Santa Barbara, CA, he pursued a career in commercial photography in NYC, specializing in still-life advertising. Tempted by the chance to own the well-known Adirondack Store, he returned to his home-town where he has been for 32 years. For 15 of those years, he returned to NYC part-time as co-owner of the Adirondack Store in nearby New Canaan, CT.